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SURVEY: Bilingual education -- Worth it or Not?

SURVEY: Bilingual education -- Worth it or Not?  

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The government has a rather ambitious plan to introduce bilingual education throughout the kingdom.   In your opinion, do you believe this move will significantly result in better English skills or will it be a waste of money?

 

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31 minutes ago, Emdog said:

Better question might be: Is bilingual education possible here?

Well, it is certainly possible and there are many good and well established examples but, of course at a price and a pretty considerable one too.  My grandsons both went to Bangkok Bilingual School and Waree Chiang Mai International School and they are virtual native speakers but with a Thai/British family supporting.

 

For the state system the need is for bilingual teachers in the first place which are almost nonexistant and not for the English teaching, as now, to be dumpped on the PE teacher to fill up his timetable and because nobody else wants or is capeable of doing it.

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On 11/17/2019 at 2:14 AM, Scott said:

In your opinion, do you believe this move will significantly result in better English skills or will it be a waste of money?

One can't honestly answer such a question with such limited information.

 

Who will be the English teachers? Thais? Native English Speakers? Non-Native Speakers from South Africa? NNES from the Philippines? 

What qualifications will they have?

How many hours per day will they spend with their class?

Will they be homeroom (one class teachers, shared with one Thai teacher) or will they teach different lessons to different classes everyday?

 

Answer these questions please so we can properly vote. 

 

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the only thing that would improve the situation is 20 megatons . (what a thai person said)

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Why does "bilingual" imply that English would be the second language?

 

There could be an argument for Chinese as the second or third language.

 

While English is essentially an international  "lingua franca"  currently, the Chinese influence in this part of the world is bound to be increasingly significant.

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6 minutes ago, Momofarang said:

Of course I hope it'll fail. I want my girls to keep their phenomenal advantage.

In Buriram?  Not much of an advantage unless they head to the city.

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4 minutes ago, CM Dad said:

It is a good idea but avoid both Thai government and Catholic schools.  Both have a tendency to hire non-native speakers from ASEAN countries because they are cheaper to employ.

Or even Africans

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English is so important, also the language of Asian

 

In thailand teaching stinks and most english teachers can not talk acceptable English, so the results will reflect this

 

I am looking for a way to send a stepson to Australia to learn english, any help or pointers appreciated

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